Knox County mother upset over Planned Parenthood at school

Knox County mother upset over Planned Parenthood at school

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By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County mother wants Planned Parenthood out of the public school system and away from her children.

The organization is on the approved speakers list this year for mandatory health and wellness classes.

"This is about us having a right as parents to control what our children our taught," said Kymberly McCormick.

She says she had no idea Planned Parenthood was going to teach her 16-year-old daughter at Hardin Valley Academy. 

"I don't have an objection to the sex education. It's this group," she said. "It's their whole philosophy."

McCormick was shocked by what she found on the Planned Parenthood website, and its links, given to her daughter during class.

"They talk about something they call outer course. It's basically everything you can think of besides intercourse. It's very graphic, beyond what most parents would consider appropriate for their children," she said.

Her daughter, Alaynna, agrees. "This is not about sexual education. This is about sexual instruction and sexual encouragement," she said. "People assume that a whole bunch of educators have gone through this stuff. They assume that it's safe, and it's not."

In fact, the Knox County School District says, "Planned Parenthood is currently recognized by the state and locally as a community resource agency with a reviewed presentation appropriate for the state mandated curriculum."

But officials admit, "At Hardin Valley academy, the teacher did make a mistake in October and did not send 'opt out' forms home with students in advance."

"This is the technological age. Teenagers are going to take that website and the information given to them, go home, and look it up and parents have no idea. No idea," Alaynna said.

Concerned parents invite the community to come learn more about Planned Parenthood in Knox County schools. The meeting will be on January 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The Chancery Office at 805 Northshore Drive, SW.

Planned Parenthood of Middle & East TN said, "Planned Parenthood provides age-appropriate, medically-accurate sex education programming.  The curriculum we use has been reviewed and approved by professionals from the Knox County School District." 

Health and Wellness Approved Agencies in Knox County schools for 2010-2011 are:

  • Knoxville Police Department
  • Knox County Sheriff's Office
  • Safe Haven Center
  • Florence Crittenton Agency
  • Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Let's Talk 101
  • Samaritan Ministry
  • First Tee (physical education)
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